When we went on a Saturday afternoon, about one-third of the auditorium was empty, and occupants of the back seats were invited to move forward by four rows. The music was very ho-hum, and there was not a single catchy or memorable tune in the whole 2 1/2 hours performance. None of the singers was good, and their voices were amplified so loud that I had to plug my ears. We couldn't relate to anybody on stage, and almost couldn't care less about their emotions or stories, even when we could understand what they were saying. Having said all that, the pluses include amazing setting with imaginative use of lights, and disappearing panels on the floor. The dancers were alright. The only successful character and feature of the presentation was King Kong. While he cannot match the War Horse, he was alive enough with his growling, moving about, being shot at etc. I think we all sympathized with his demise, making him the only thing on stage that we empathized with. (But must the shooting be so intense and for so long? It was almost sadistic watching it.) So congratulations to the handlers. The War Horse, another performance with puppets on stage, was however an outstanding performance that one should see, and comparisons were inevitable. In conclusion, you would not miss much if you didn't see this. We rather regretted our money and our time.
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